In entertainment, they always say that a good show or actor or comedian keeps the audience always wanting more. It is important not to go on for too long, which is a practice that should also be applied to television shows and long running series. Jerry Seinfeld said that he pulled the plug on Seinfeld while the show was still toward the top of the ratings. He did not want to run the risk of the sitcom one day becoming stale.
Unfortunately, not all creators and producers and writers adopt that same philosophy. Many TV shows, while they may have once been quite entertaining, simply go on for too long. Some just go on for a few more episodes than they should have, while other series last for an additional two or three years past their prime. Whether it is for money or simply because some people just don’t know when to quit, certain shows have lost their luster. With that being said, here is a list of 5 TV shows that should be cancelled immediately.
5. 60 Minutes – I have no problem with 60 Minutes, from a content perspective. Of course, I don’t watch the long running CBS news program, but the issue here lies more within the schedule makers at CBS who simply don’t understand how long most sporting events are, or simply don’t care about people who either don’t like to stay up late or for those who DVR most shows. If an NFL or NCAA basketball game runs late, CBS insists on airing 60 Minutes without ever pre-empting an episode. With NFL games now kicking off at 4:25 p.m. there is absolutely no way that the game will end by the 7:00 p.m. start time scheduled for 60 Minutes. Either pull the plug or get some better schedule makers.
4. American Idol – The Fox breakout once had a cult-like following. I, for one, never watched even a single episode. It just never interested me even in the least. But, I understand that it was once wildly popular. That is no longer the case. Between different judges and catfighting backstage, it is time to pull the plug on this one.
3. Two And a Half Men – This used to be a favorite of mine. It had quality writing and acting. Then, all of a sudden, the wheels fell off almost overnight. It wasn’t funny, but rather poorly written and repetitive. Yes, we get it. Charlie is a womanizing drunk and Alan is a leach. Bringing Chelsea into a regular role as Charlie’s fiance did not help. Then, Charlie went even more nuts and was replaced by Walden. Mistake. Not solely the fault of Ashton Kutcher, as the show had lost its entertainment value long before he arrived. Now, it’s just bad. Time to call it a day.
2. How I Met Your Mother – Another CBS sitcom that was once wildly successful and popular and entertaining. Now, it is none of the above. This one has gone from a favorite to one of the least humorous sitcoms on television. It certainly pales in comparison to other CBS sitcoms, led by The Big Bang Theory, 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly and Rules of Engagement. All these years and we are still no closer to meeting the mother? Enough. Time to move on immediately and wrap the story up now. Announcing an additional season was a huge blunder by CBS.
1. Anything at all involving the Kardashians – I don’t care what they are on and what the name of the program happens to be, I will not watch. I refuse. Why anyone in this country follows this family is well beyond me. They offer absolutely nothing but pure stupidity. In a day and age where most Americans can only follow poorly executed reality shows, it pains me to see what we are becoming as a television community. In a day and age where series such as Touch and Parenthood – shows that offer not only entertainment value but also provide a moral storyline that makes you feel all of your emotions – struggle in the ratings, idiots like the Kardashians shine. What is wrong with us, America? What does it say when these morons run television? It is time for a change. Now.